EPPD staff are sometimes asked if we have a jail in Eden Prairie. The answer is that our jail is classified as a “holding facility” by the Minnesota Department of Corrections meaning that someone who is arrested and must be detained here can only be held for four hours. At that point the prisoner may be transferred to the Hennepin County jail or released pending further investigation.
An adult or juvenile who is arrested will get fingerprinted and photographed in the holding facility by EPPD staff. Just like the movies, the prisoner is allowed to make one phone call. If the prisoner is detained here for longer than two hours we provide the prisoner with a mattress and blanket. The holding facility has 4 separate cells.
In 2011, we had 536 bookings in the holding facility. Bookings are typically for crimes such as DWI, domestic abuse and assault.
If you would like to take a peek at the holding facility it will be open during the Citywide Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 – 2:00. A “prisoner” will be available to answer questions about what it’s like to be in jail.